‘Only needs to withdraw resignation’: Shashi Tharoor on Rahul Gandhi as Cong chief

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‘Only needs to withdraw resignation’: Shashi Tharoor on Rahul Gandhi as Cong chief


Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday said if Rahul Gandhi was ready to helm the Congress party he only had to withdraw his resignation and party workers, CWC members and everyone else would be willing to accept him as their leader since he had been the incumbent chief of the party earlier.

“If Rahul Gandhi is ready to resume the leadership, he only has to withdraw his resignation. I think party workers, Congress Working Committee and everyone will accept that because he was the incumbent president elected in December 2017,” Tharoor said.

“If he says, no I don’t want to come back, then the question that many of the party members are asking – ‘How long can we carry on like this?’ – that is the question. We would ideally like a clear-cut decision as soon as possible,” the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram said.

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A day earlier, on Sunday, Tharoor had said that the Congress needed to hasten the process of finding a full-term president to arrest the growing public perception that the party was “adrift and rudderless”. He also said that he certainly thought that Rahul Gandhi had the “mettle, capability and aptitude to once again lead the party”, but if he did not wish to do so then the party must “take action” and elect a new chief soon.

The Congress party on the other hand announced on the same day within a few hours that Soni

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